Operations at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery, that were temporarily suspended, will resume from Tuesday, the 7th of December.
Speaking to NewsRadio, trade unionist Ananda Palitha confirmed the development.
Palitha attributed the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery shutdown owing to inefficient and short-term decision making of the government.
He claimed it was wrong of Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila to suspend operations of the Sapugaskanda Refinery on the 15th of November for 50 days citing various concerns.
He stressed the Minister caused a domino effect in the oil refining process and made losses, as he ordered operations to cease.
However earlier, Minister Gammanpila said the country’s limited foreign reserves will be directed towards importing essential items, such as diesel, petrol, medicine, and gas, instead of crude oil.
Therefore, the Minister said the allocation will be made towards essential item imports.
He said instead of importing crude oil, foreign reserves will be directed towards purchasing petrol and diesel until the foreign exchange situation is resolved, and therefore decided on temporarily closing the refinery.